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Fears over explosive Samsung

Samsung top-loader washing machine set on fire due to internal fault Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Courtesy: 9 News

Thousands more Samsung washing machines have been recalled after a fault causing the appliance to catch on fire was discovered.

One of the recalled models caught fire in a home in the Perth suburb of Armadale last week with fire units attending the scene to extinguish the blaze.

More than 6600 machines remain in houses in Western Australia and are considered a serious risk that could put lives at risk.

The affected units were discovered to have an internal fault where condensation can penetrate an electrical connector causing deterioration which may in turn cause a fire.

This latest fire scare has prompted a renewed plea from WA body Consumer Protection for residents to urgently check the model number of their machine.

The models subjected to the recall were manufactured between 2010 and 2013 and include model numbers: SW75V9WIP; SW65V9WIP; SW70SPWIP; SW80SPWIP; WA85GWGIP and WA85GWWIP.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe said the immediate removal of the machines from houses is a “top priority” and the washing machines should be disconnected from the power supply immediately and not used again.

The Machines should not be re-sold or placed on the verge for bulk rubbish collection, as we want to remove any possibility that they are purchased or picked up by people who may not realise that they are dangerous,” she said.

Instead, customers are being urged to dispose of the machines and seek a refund from the retailer who sold it.

“Consumers are entitled to recover damages from the manufacturer for consequential loss or damage suffered as a result of a faulty product,” Ms Lipscombe said.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/samsung-washing-machine-urgent-recall-fire-fears/ff75c959-6788-4d12-9995-b0e79e90ac42